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North East A&E depts hit by latest junior doctors' strike

The fifth junior doctors' strike began at 8am on Tuesday, and is due to last two days.

Strikers have manned pickets outside of most hospitals in the North East.

This meant a cold start to the protests for many, with unseasonal snow and ice across the region.

Picket outside the James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough on Tuesday morning. Credit: ITV News

This is the fifth strike by junior doctors, and the first time in which they have withdrawn labour from Accident and Emergency departments.

Hospitals say they have arrangements in place to deal with emergency patients as normal, although many routine operations have been cancelled.

The row with the government is over changes to contracts.

Junior doctors' strike will affect A&E

Junior doctors across the region start an all-out strike at 8 o'clock this morning (April 26).

Although this is their fifth strike, it's the first time in history to include A and E departments.

Hospitals say they have arrangements in place to deal with emergency patients as normal, although many routine operations have been cancelled. The row with the government is over changes to contracts.

Dr Andy Thornley a consultant at James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough says extensive plans have been made to ensure the safety of patients:

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Tata Steel goes to ACAS to try to solve dispute

Tata Steel UK goes to ACAS to try to solve pension dispute Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Tata Steel UK says it's approached the conciliation service ACAS to try to resolve a pension dispute wth its workforce.

The company has sites across the North East, at Hartlepool, Skinningrove, Lackenby, Darlington, York and Blaydon.

A one day strike is planned for later this month. Tata says it's facing a projected shortfall of more than £2 billion pounds this year. The Unite union says it's provoking the biggest crisis in the steel industry for a generation.

Barbour workers to strike for four weeks

The South Shields firm Barbour makes world-famous jackets Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Workers at the Tyneside's famous clothing makers Barbour are going on strike for four weeks, in an argument over pay.

Members of Unite in the firm's Gateshead distribution branch will protest from this morning.

They say they are angry about the company's decision to remove their 'unsocial hours' payment, as well as a new requirement to work until 11pm at night.

Teacher: 'It's largely about the conditions for me'

Thousands of public sector workers from across the North East are taking part in a 24-hour strike today.

Like the last strike of this scale, it means hundreds of our schools will be closed or partially closed. The industrial action also affects town halls, libraries, Sure Start centres and many other council-run facilities.

The action is part of an ongoing dispute over pay, pensions and working conditions.

Nik Jones, from Wolsingham School and Community College in County Durham, is one of thousands of members of the National Union of Teachers taking part in the walkout. "It's largely about the conditions for me", he said.

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